Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science-Fiction / Young Adult
Series: Illuminae Files, Book 2
Be sure to check out my review for the previous book in this series, Illuminae.
About the Book:
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
I purchased this awhile ago because I thought Illuminae was awesome, but it kept getting pushed back. I’ve had so many books to review (still do) that the ones I bought and meant to read keep getting pushed back further and further down the list. So with that being said, I took a short hiatus from books that need reviews and picked up Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’m glad I did because I needed something different. The only question is, why did I wait so long to pick it up?!
Like I already mentioned, Illluminae was pretty awesome, but Gemina was even better! This time we get to meet characters Hanna and Niklas. We finally find out the heck Heimdall Station wasn’t answering any of the Hypatia’s calls for help. They were in just as much danger if not more! Hanna and Niklas take the front seat as the main characters, but all we do get to see quite of bit of Kady and Ezra too! As well as most of the original characters from the previous novel that survived.
Hanna already has a ton going on in her life but she refuses to let BeiTech get away with taking over the station and killing everyone who stands in their way. She’s a fighter. Niklas is your typical bad boy who has tattoos and smokes but he has a caring heart and wants to get out of the life he’s living. These characters were realistic and I enjoyed reading about them.
The writing is different from most books as this is told through documents, journal entries, IMs, radio calls, live footage, and etc just like Illuminae. This kept the book so much fun and helped with the intense pace! Trust me, it gets intense! Just when I thought I knew what was happening, the authors threw yet another curveball! Oh, and might I say it wasn’t just one or two of those. These authors love throwing curveballs at you that keep you on your toes!
This was a super fun science-fiction novel that is unique! There is none like it. It has creepy alien creatures, super cute romance, betrayal, and kick butt fight scenes. It has a bit everything for everyone.
Now to address some negative issues. This is not a Christian book so while the swearing is completely blacked out, the reader knows exactly which words are being said. There are also quite a few sexual innuendos and mentions of drugs. However, it is kind of the end of the world with some Dr. Whoish vibes so you have to expect some of the language popping out.
Overall, I highly enjoyed it and recommend it with a word a caution about the negative things I mentioned.
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About Amie Kaufman
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
About Jay Kristoff
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.